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Personal area networks with line-of-sight MIMO operation

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2859 - 2862
JournalIEEE Vehicular Technology Conference
StatePublished - May 2006
Event63rd Vehicular Technology Conference 2006 (VTC 2006-Spring) - Melbourne, Australia


In this paper, the results of an on-body, line-of-sight (LOS), multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) channel sounding investigation are reported. Transmission takes place between on-body antennas and a uniform linear array, positioned at close range and within line-of- sight of each other. Due to the on-body location of the antennas, the influence of actual radio channel can no longer be separated from the effects of user behaviour and body proximity. This paper therefore argues that the composite channel must be considered. Post-processing of the recorded channels shows that their capacities outperform those from equivalent Rayleigh channels. Taking into account the clear LOS in the experiment, this appears counter-intuitive to the well-known fact that uncorrelated scattering results in high capacity. An analysis of the results highlights some less familiar facts and leads to an overview of capacity generating mechanisms in MIMO systems. The paper adds an analysis of the sensitivity of the capacity to the properties of the channel matrix, which is used for a discussion of the practical use of MIMO in personal and body area networks

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Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Name and Venue of Conference: Vehicular Technology Conference 2006 (VTC 2006-Spring), Melbourne, Australia Rose publication type: Conference contribution Additional information: With accompanying conference presentation Sponsorship: The authors are very grateful for the guidance from the Industrial Members of the Wireless Enablers Steering Group and would like to express particular thanks to Dr. Dean Kitchener from Nortel Wireless Technology Laboratories UK Terms of use: Copyright © 2006 IEEE. Reprinted from Proceedings of IEEE 63rd Vehicular Technology Conferece, Spring 2006. This material is posted here with permission of the IEEE. Such permission of the IEEE does not in any way imply IEEE endorsement of any of the University of Bristol's products or services. Internal or personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution must be obtained from the IEEE by writing to By choosing to view this document, you agree to all provisions of the copyright laws protecting it.

    Research areas

  • MIMO, personal area networks


63rd Vehicular Technology Conference 2006 (VTC 2006-Spring)

Duration1 May 2006 → …

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